'''Edward Lear''' (12 or 13 May 1812
[Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), and Katharine Baetjer. 2009. ''British paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1575-1875''. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 270. ] [Vivian Noakes says Lear's birth certificate gives 13 May as his birthdate but says "there is some doubt about the exact date". Noakes, Vivien. 1986. ''Edward Lear, 1812-1888''. New York: H.N. Abrams. p. 74. ]
– 29 January 1888) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, and is known now mostly for his literary nonsense
in poetry and prose and especially his limerick (poetry)|limericks
, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; as a (minor) illustrator of Alfred Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is...